Local author Bogner takes children, adults ‘Through the Year with Mary’

Katie Bogner holds a copy of her new book, "Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children." A popular blogger at, Bogner is the director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lacon and a junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Faley “Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children” is a grand way to start 2022. Katie Bogner, local author and active Catholic young adult, wrote this definitive companion for living out the entire year with the Mother of God. It is the follow up to her first book, […]

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St. Patrick, Urbana, postpones planned screenings of ‘The Chosen’ episodes

Catholic actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Christ in the series "The Chosen," is pictured in a promotional poster for the series. (CNS/The Chosen)

UPDATE — The screenings described below have been postponed until further notice because of the COVID-19 surge. The parish plans to reschedule the series in the near future.   URBANA — The first eight episodes of “The Chosen,” a television drama about the life of Christ, will be shown on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 11, in St. […]

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Bishop Tylka emphasizes evangelization in meeting with women’s council leaders

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka met with members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for the first time in December and they covered a wide range of issues as they got to know one another. They are (from left) Barbara Harzman of Macomb; Mary Anna Meyer, Peoria; Carolyn Cauwels, Cambridge; Nympha White, Grand Ridge; Agnes Christman, Danville; Msgr. Dale Wellman, Port Byron; Mary Ann Hughes, Westville; April Adams, Metamora; Jane Harris, Peoria; Kim Padan, Danville; and Melissa Appel, Dunlap. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Evangelization, support for priests, and eucharistic revival were among the topics discussed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and the board members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women during their first meeting in December. He also thanked them for their work and offered his blessing. The PDCCW board and their longtime spiritual adviser, Msgr. […]

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Government Grinches

As we were preparing to celebrate the birth of our Savior, our state and federal governments put the lives of today’s unborn children and their mothers at greater risk by succumbing to abortion industry pressures. On Dec. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was lifting the requirement that a prescription for the […]

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Paul Thomas Moore: Mercy me! My (Christian) bucket list runneth over

"Works of Mercy" by Pierre Montailler, 1680. (Public Domain)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore Around this time of the rolling year, New Year’s resolutions are everywhere. Sometimes these promises-to-oneself merge with long-term goals we have for our lives, as epitomized by the popular, if somewhat inelegant concept of the “bucket list” — as in things we hope to do before […]

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Every nation will adore the Lord, but it will take the witness of each of us

Living the Word / By Kim Padan Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord / Jan. 2 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 As a child, I remember the joy of leaving Christmas decorations up through Jan. 6, the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany. Some people thought we were odd, but […]

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Fr. Spilman dies on Christmas Day; funeral Mass will be in Spring Valley on Dec. 30

Father Robert Spilman

SPRING VALLEY — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, at The Nativity of Our Lord Parish (St. Anthony Church) here for Father Robert Spilman, former pastor and a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Spilman died Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2021, at St. Joseph […]

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‘Seeing the Face of God’ — a Christmas message from Bishop Louis Tylka

The Nativity of Our Lord is depicted in this section of a larger stained glass window from the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the Diocese of Peoria's new Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. It is one of nine windows from Germany that formerly adorned Sacred Chruch in Rutland and have now found a new home in the retreat center's main chapel. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Once again, we find ourselves prepared to welcome Christ in the celebration of Christmas. We have decorated our tree, wrapped the presents, and prepared our homes and meals. But more importantly, we have spiritually readied ourselves to welcome the truth of this holiday — our Savior has been born! Bishop Louis Tylka Each time we […]

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Jesus’ birth occurred at a moment in history, but Son of God has always existed

Living the Word/By Kim Padan Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord/Dec. 25 At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1,6,11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm […]

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